Alright, cadets, listen up! At this very moment, the library is looking for a group of adventurous students to take part in a brand new focus group about technology on campus and in the library.
Who are we looking for?
First, you have to be a Reynolds student. Secondly, you have to have something to say about technology. Whether you love it or hate it, technology is a part of our world and we use it every day. It makes our lives both more simple, and more frustratingly complicated. And for you, the student, this means that, like it or not, you have to use technology for most ofall of your research and classes. So help us help you navigate this complicated world of gadgets and gizmos by telling us what you need. We need your voices, your opinions, your ideas, to shape the future of technology at Reynolds.
(If that didn’t convince you to take part in the group, did I mention there are prizes involved? And yummy treats too!)
We’ll be hosting two sessions next week and you can find the info below:
Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated on a presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, GA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research.
Denise also attended some awesome conference sessions on best methods, the latest technologies and other issues related to teaching, learning and assessing of students’ information literacy skills. Reynolds librarians will be exploring how some of these methods and new technologies can be adapted and incorporated into the curriculum. Sessions included:
Collaborating beyond the Campus: University Librarians in the K-12 Classroom. Presenters Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, Gayle Schaub, and Susan Carson from Grand Valley State University discussed a collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher. In weekly workshops sixth-graders from a local middle school worked alongside university education major students to develop their information literacy skills with assistance from both librarians and an education professor. These sixth graders than develop a final presentation that was showcased in an exhibition event on the university campus.
Making it REAL: Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Situated Learning. Presenters Jon Pope, Kim Becnel, and Amanda from Appalachian State University discussed how writing instructors and a librarian collaborated on a research component of an undergraduate composition course. One of the research assignments for this course was a Rhetorical Exigence and Active Learning (REAL) project, in which students worked in small groups to identify a real-world local problem and conducted original research to produce a final written product. Students’ assignment journals were analyzed and a focus group was conducted to compare students’ level of motivation and engagement with both the traditional research essay and the REAL project. Results revealed that students were much more engaged with the REAL project.
Over 200 students, faculty and staff attended the first Library Student Expo, held April 22 and 23 at the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries.
Through their instructors, students submitted assignments completed as part of their coursework. Items came from multiple disciplines, ranging from Biology to English to Middle college
Projects included artwork, posters, sculptures, and even a student directed video. Refreshments were served.
Students were impressed with their peers’ work. One student remarked “They made this in biology? I have to take biology!”
Another student asked, “Can I enter my work next year?”
Dr. Susan Hunter, the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, encouraged colleagues to attend the Expo.
“I had the opportunity to stop by the library and see this Expo and I was not expecting what I saw. The students’ projects were sophisticated, professional and creative. I think you would be amazed at the depth and breadth of these student work examples.”
Thanks to all students and faculty participated in this inaugural event! A big thank you to Beth Bensen-Barber, Kristin Hott, Jerrod Hunter, Chris Thomas and Shalini Upadhyaya for volunteering their students’ work. Hopefully next year will be even bigger!
The Library Student Expo is Reynolds Library’s spring semester event. The Expo showcases Reynolds students’ accomplishments completed during the school year. In the fall the library hosts the Library Open House, which introduces new and returning students to the library. Both events are free; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Dates for the 2016 Library Open House will be announced in September.
The library will be hosting a Student Expo at the Parham Road and Downtown Campus Libraries next week. Drop by to take a closer look at all of the great student projects on display in the library and grab some refreshments while you’re there.
Wednesday April 22nd 12PM – 2PM
Downtown Campus Library
Thursday, April 23rd 12PM – 2PM
Parham Road Campus Library
Next Wednesday, January 28thFountain Bookstore is hosting a discussion and book signing with bestselling authors Gayle Forman (If I Stay – now a major motion picture!, Just One Day, I Was Here) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, The Scorpio Races, The Shiver Series). They will be discussing their latest books, answering questions, and signing books for fans. (Copies will be available for purchase at the event.)
Date: Wednesday, January 28th Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Cost: Free! Venue: Richmond Public Library – Main Branch Address: 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA